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blogging for choice 2009

by Jen at 7:49 pm on 22.01.2009 | 2 Comments
filed under: like a fish needs a bicycle

it’s “blog for choice day”, the 36th anniversary of the roe v. wade decision.

this year’s question:

What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress ?

the overturn of president bush’s global gag rule, which denied funding to any organisation which offers abortion, abortion counselling, or which tries to make or keep abortion legal in its own country.

because it’s one thing to try to impose one’s morality on a nation which has democracy and a wealth of resources – it’s another thing entirely to impose one’s morality on those who live in countries which are oppressive and poor.   countries where the maternal mortality rate is high, and infant survival low.  where contraceptives are needed to prevent the wildfire spread of hiv.  the lives of those women are at our mercy, and punishing them for unintentionally getting pregnant by forcing them to have children they may be unable to bear (physically, emotionally, or financially), is beyond the scope of any human’s right.



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    Comment by Tabitha

    24.01.2009 @ 07:03 am

    I was ecstatic to see Obama overturn this.

    Back when Bush #1 was in office, I was volunteering at Planned Parenthood when he instituted a gag rule. We lost certain funds because although the clinic didn’t perform abortions, they referred women to clinics that did. I never forgot or forgave the impact that may have had on women who relied on PP.

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    Comment by Jen

    25.01.2009 @ 15:42 pm

    i know! i was away this weekend, and returned to see this! how fantastic.

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